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        The Long Goodbye

      Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1954 - A very good plus copy bound in finely woven blue and green cloth stamped in green. A very clean, tight copy with a previous owner's name written in ink at the top of the front flyleaf. With light green topstaining. In the striking dust jacket by Walter H. Lorraine with the original price of $3.00 at the top of the inside front flap. Several small chips and pieces are missing from the corners and at the top and bottom of the spine ends. The verso has been reinforced with strips of Scotch tape along the top and bottom edges. Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature, and is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, along with Hammett's Sam Spade, is considered by some to be synonymous with "private detective," both having been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart, whom many considered to be the quintessential Marlowe.Some of Chandler's novels are considered to be important literary works, and three are often considered to be masterpieces: Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The Little Sister (1949), and The Long Goodbye (1953). The Long Goodbye is praised within an anthology of American crime stories as "arguably the first book since Hammett's The Glass Key, published more than twenty years earlier, to qualify as a serious and significant mainstream novel that just happened to possess elements of mystery." First Edition with matching dates of 1954 on the title and copyright pages; and "First published in the United States, 1954" on the copyright page. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Brainerd Phillipson Rare Books]
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        In the Summer House

      Random House, New York,, 1954. Octavo. Original tan boards, photographic vignette mounted on the upper board with a blue and gold frame, titles to spine in blue and gold. With the dust jacket. Illustrated with photographs from the original production. An excellent copy in the tanned and very lightly marked dust jacket with some very minor loss at the tips. First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "I love you very much - and you are very very bright - I wish that I was like you Janie". From the library of the academic and teacher Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and received his Ph.D from the University of Exeter. He established a correspondence with T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden (who dedicated his poem "The Aliens" to him) and a number of other English and American writers and poets. His most intimate correspondent appears to have been Paul Bowles, whom he visited a number of times in Tangier. Presentation copies of this author's works are uncommon.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      1954. LENSKI,LOIS. WE LIVE IN THE CITY: ORIGINAL ART. Offered here is the original drawing by Lenski for We Live In The City published by J. B. Lippincott in 1954. This is a large double-page pen and ink drawing in black with red decorations. Executed on card measuring 21 1/2" wide x 14 1/2" high with pencil notes to the printer in the margins, the actual image is 19 1/2" wide x 13" high. The now idealized simpler life of the 1950's is shown in detail. Set against a city street, a young boy carries his shoe shining kit, a young girl on roller skates is being pulled by her pet poodle and all manner of vendors are selling their wares. We Live In The City is a title in Lenski's Roundabout America series of books that she created for children too old for picture books but too young for some of her historical fiction titles. This really is a charming piece.

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      New York: Henry Holt and Company, [1954].. Large octavo. Green cloth, lettered in gilt. Portrait. Neat bookplate in corner of front pastedown, else about fine in lightly sunned slipcase. First edition. One of 650 numbered copies, signed by Frost, published on the occasion of his 80th birthday. There was no trade issue. CRANE A37.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        Dotze Nus. Pròleg De J. V. Foix. Gravats De R. Calsina, E. Grau Sala, M. Humbert, R. Isern, Mallol Suazo, Mompou, Jaume Pla, E. C. Ricart, Saumells, Serra, Sunyer I J. De Togores. Amb Comentaris De J. Benet, A. Brunet, J. Cortés, S. Espriu, T. Garcés, .

      Els Gravadors De La Rosa Vera, Barcelona 1954 - VIpp. - y 12 cuadernillos con la portada, el texto en el reverso y una lámina, aguafuerte original. Todos numerados y firmados a mano por los distintos artistas. Y los textos también todos firmados a mano por los distintos escritores. El prólogo firmado a mano por Foix. Excelentes grabados, perfecta edición. Todo bajo la dirección de Jaume Pla. Única edición de solo 75 ejemplares. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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      (New York): (Spiral Press), (1954). First Edition. Wraps. Still about Fine. Printed wraps. Crane B26: 5076 total copies printed, this one of 598 with Frost's own imprint. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the page with the printed greeting: "To ---/for translating me so pleasantly/to [?] Villarino (?)/Robert Frost/Cambridge Mass/April 24 1956(?)." When inscribing Christmas greetings, Frost would often not sign his name or at the most simply write his initials, which makes this presentation rather uncommon. Paper at spine split below bottom staple.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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      New York: Printed at the Spiral Press and Published by Pantheon, [1954].. Small quarto. Rough-woven cloth, stamped in red, lettered in gilt. A fine copy in slipcase, the latter with a bit of wear to corners. First edition. Illustrations and lettering by Ben Shahn. One of five hundred numbered copies (of 550), printed on Rives at the Spiral Press and signed by Shahn. The text is the translation by Maurice Samuel.

      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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        Born of Man and Woman ---a Signed Copy (includes: The Art of Richard Matheson By Robert Bloch, Signed )( Third from the Sun; Dress of White Silk; Witch War; Through Channels; Lover When You're Near Me; etc)

      Philadelphia: Chamberlain Press, 1954, 1st Edition, 1st Printing ------------hardcover, a a Very Good+ copy, a nice copy but there is some age toning to the endpapers, in an attractive Good dustjacket with some dampstain and loss along upper edge of rear panel, small bits of paper along upper edge of front panel of jacket, the book overall is very nice, signed by Matheson without inscription, as well this has been signed by Robert Bloch at the end of his introductory essay ( Mr Bloch jokingly balked at signing "Dick's" book but of course he was much too nice a man to truly refuse), this contains: Born of Man and Woman; Third from the Sun; Through Channels; Lover When You're near Me; SRL AD; Mad House; F__; Dear Diary; To Fit the Crime; Witch War; Return; Dress of White Silk; Full Circle; Disappearing Act; The Wedding; Shipshape Home; The Traveller, jacket is now in a hi-quality mylar protector, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo . Signed. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good+/Good. Illus. by Mel Hunter Cover Art.

      [Bookseller: Leonard Shoup]
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        Seduction of the Innocent

      New York & Toronto: Rinehart & Company, 1954. "'Seduction of the Innocent' is the complete, detailed report of the findings of famed psychiatrist, Fredric Wertham, on the pernicious influence of comic books on the youth of today." Right. Pernicious. Look, pal, if it hadn't been for comic books, I wouldn't even know what "pernicious" means. (Okay, okay, so I'm still not certain, but I can definitely spell it, and that's a beginning.) First edition, scarce first state w/two-page bibliographical note at rear, listing publishers, among them Ace Books, Will Eisner Productions, Famous Funnies, Harvey Publications, Hillman Periodicals, Marvel Comic Group, Ziff-Davis Publishing, and dozens more. Greyish boards w/black cloth backstrip w/white and red lettering, 400 pages, illustrated w/16 pages of black-and-white illustrations intended to show the menace posed by those great old comics, dust jacket design by Philip J. Fiorello. Mild slant, slight wear to corners/spine ends, dusty edges, previous owner's name stamped to top of front end paper, in price-clipped dust jacket w/a hint of spine sunning, edgewear, light chipping, impressions/scratches. Jacket now in protective mylar sleeve.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good to Very Good/Good. Octavo -- from 7.75" to 9.75" Tall.

      [Bookseller: Augustine Funnell Books]
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        Portrait photograph of Dave Brubeck

      New York oct. 8 1954 New York, oct. 8, 1954. (BRUBECK, DAVE) 34.7 x 21.2 cm. (approximately 13-5/8 x 8-3/8 inches). Half-length portrait of the seated musician, in profile. Fine. Docketed on rear in ink, giving the name of the sitter, the date of the session, and reference to negative and print ("IV - MM - 10")

      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller ]
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        U.S. DIPLOMAT PERSONAL SCRAPBOOK with Photographs & Memorabilia. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      Rio de Janeiro:. [1954 - 1956].. 9-3/4" x 14". Unpaginated, [23] leaves, tissue guards, some pages blank.. Green canvas-covered boards with green leather stitching at edges. "Rio" hand inked, albeit somewhat smally, to front cover.. Album - Very Good. Photographs VG or better; memorabilia mostly Good. or better.. Nancy Trimble, wife to William Cattell Trimble, U.S. State Department Minister to Brazil [1954 - 1956], compiled this scrapbook as a souvenir & record of their life in Rio. It begins with six pages of photographs of shipboard receptions and recreational events on the way to Rio with her handwritten captions. The album contains many group photographs of officials dining or meeting formally with U.S. Minister-Counselor Trimble, including President CafŽ Filho, General Juarez Tavora, & General William A. Biederlinden. Other material includes 3 pages (including three large photographs) of James C. Dunn arriving in 1955 to head the U.S. embassy in Brazil, a large photograph of the Trimbles with celebrity Marta Rocha, Christmas cards, photographs of children, snapshots of flooding in the city streets, newspaper clippings, an interesting 1954 communist handbill, etc. Twelve loose photographs are laid in at back of album, mostly family pictures, but including a small snapshot [2" x 2-1/2"] of Richard & Pat Nixon arriving in Rio in 1956. & & An interesting visual compilation & documentation of the divers individuals with whom the Trimbles interacted during their ~2 years in Brazil. . 80 images, with photographs either pasted in or fixed with corner mounts. All b/w, except one at rear of the Trimble's daughter's graduation. Most photographs captioned, with a preponderance of individuals identified.

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        Seduction of the Innocent. The Influence of Comic Books on Today's Youth

      New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc. 1954, 1st Edition. () x, 4000pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket. Black cloth binding with grey paper three quarter covered boards. White and red stamped lettering on spine. Very light bumping and mild discolouration to corners and ends of boards. Brilliant red endpapers. Clean, tight text block throughout. Long outer edge roughly trimmed. In dust jacket, not price clipped. Crease to front bottom right corner and slight wear and small closed tears to edges of jacket, especially at spine. Very slight discolouration to back of jacket. A nice copy. A true first edition with two page comic book bibliography at back and publisher's logo on copyright page. The findings of the famous Psychiatrist, and author, regarding the detrimental effects of comic books on the youth of 'today'..

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        Under the Net. A Novel

      London: Chatto & Windus,, 1954. Octavo. Original green boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Apart from the most trivial and tiny of marks to the page- and board-edges, a fine copy in the jacket with a faded spine panel, lightly soiled rear panel, gentle rubbing to the extremities and a small closed tear to the tail of spine panel. First edition, first impression. A very nice copy of Iris Murdoch's first novel and scarcest book.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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      New York: New Directions, 1954 Williams, Tennessee. CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. [Original Playscript], [n.d.] [c: 1954] Ts, 133 pp. [Typescript Carbon Original]. Acts I, II & III. Numbered internally by Act. Bound into a grey two hole duo tang style folder showing some use, with the red printed label of "Anne Meyerson Manuscript Typing And Mimeographing Service pasted onto the top left corner. Originally sold by Harvey Tucker of Black Sun Books in 1981 with his signed note on the title page: "This script of Tennessee Williams is from the collection of Audrey Wood, his agent, and is authentic". The play was dedicated by Williams to Audrey Wood his long-time literary agent. From 1939 Wood helped guide & focus Williams' writing. With her nurturing, he created some of his greatest works, including: Menagerie, Streetcar & Cat. An essentially fine copy of this rare playscript with holographic red pencil corrections [of uncertain origin, likely Williams or Wood's] suggesting a move of Brick's line: "I might be impotent - Maggie" from 3-39 to the close at 3-40, adding a line for Margaret [Maggie the cat]: "I'm not afraid" & then "Curtain"; the text unrevised or revised does not appear in any later published editions. This very early unsanitized pre-New York playscript contains the original lewd "Elephant Joke" [Texas 14, 15: Parker 484-5] 3-31 with Brick's uproarious laughter which Kazan gradually eliminated from successive drafts but which was incorporated into the original Philadelphia play tryouts. 'Cat's' Brick & Maggie originated in the short story "Three Players of a Summer Game," first published in The New Yorker, November 1, 1952 which Williams developed into the play. In late 1954, the Playwrights Company agreed to produce Cat on a Hot Tin Roof & named Elia Kazan as director who suggested revisions to the script, asking Williams to rewrite the third act for Broadway. The play opened March 25, 1955, & the revised ending has engendered an ongoing debate over its correctness that remains to this day. New Directions published the first edition in book form later that year with both Williams' original version of the third act & the Broadway version, with a "Note of Explanation" discussing the circumstances of the revision. The original Kazan directed theatrical performance, featured Ben Gazzara, Burl Ives, Barbara Bel Geddes, Pat Hingle, & blues greats Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. Elizabeth Taylor & Paul Newman starred in the film version. A very early state of this Pulitzer winning Williams masterpiece. $39500. Unsigned Playscript. 1st Edition.

      [Bookseller: TBCL The Book Collector's Library]
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      Paris: Gallimard. 1954. Hardcover. 0312030002 . Very Good+ in boards. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 579 pages .

      [Bookseller: Rare Book Cellar]
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        The Sound and The Fury

      Chatto & Windus, London 1954 - This novel is radically experimental in form, with four different narrators (including the conscious stream of a castrated idiot), each recounting an aspect of the tragic demise of the Compson family, and touching on the untouchable (to Hollywood) themes of race, incest, madness, and suicide. ~ Condition: Accompanying this book is a facsimile of the first issue dustjacket published by Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1929. It has the Humanity Uprooted priced at $3.00 to the rear panel. Green cloth boards with gilt to the spine. Boards are firmly bound to inner page block. Overall; clean condition. Interesting paste on, to the front board of the front panel from the dustjacket. Looks great. On the inside front blank board there is also a paste in of William Faulkner. Residue to top of board here. Blank endpage is not present. There are 321 pages, very occasional fox spots and few soil marks, otherwise all pages are clean and tightly bound. ----- POSTAGE OPTIONS: Our orders are shipped within 1 or 2 business days. --- If you select 'Priority' as the postal option, you will get the fastest option. [Please have a look at my Shipping Rates and Estimated times for Delivery, so you can make your preferred choice]. - Thanks for your interest and I hope you like the book enough to buy it. - Regards from Arabella. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTING BY THE RENOWNED ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR EDMUND DULAC, (Sold together with:) THE MASQUE OF COMUS, The Poem by John Milton With a Preface by Mark Van Doren & The Airs by Henry Lawes with a Preface by Hubert Foss

      The book published in Cambridge: At the University Press for Members of the Limited Editions Club, 1954. Together two items. AN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTING, SIGNED by Dulac and reprinted as one of the illustrations for the publication of COMUS. With, a copy of the book itself, first edition thus from the L.E.C. in a printing of 1500 numbered copies. The painting is of a woman standing in field of flowers within the curve of a dragon’s tale. Behind her is a large tree laden with fruit and with additional floral and arboreal decorations in the background. The book contains the printed version of this work along with 5 other colourplates from original watercolours by Dulac. This was the last book to be illustrated by Dulac. With frame,16.5” 13.5” , the painting is now handsomely matted and presented in silver-leafed wooden frame. The book is in the publisher’s original parchment backed marbled boards, the spine lettered in gilt and housed in the original black slipcase lettered in gilt. 58, [16]. The original painting in beautiful condition, very handsomely framed and presented, the book is a fine and bright copy, the slipcase only with very minor wear. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL PAINTING BY EDMUND DULAC. Dulac is considered one of the most original and prolific book illustrator’s of the first two decades of the 20th century. His name is often linked with Arthur Rackham, as they both produced illustrations for lavish gift books for children and adults which were of the highest quality and commercial success. Dulac, born a Frenchman, settled in England to build his artistic career. He quickly caught the eye of J.M Dent publishers and produced illustrations for an illustrated edition of Jane Eyre in 1905. But it was when he was discovered by Leicester Galleries that his career actually took off. They had been seeking another talented artist of the stature and appeal of Arthur Rackham for children’s gift book illustrations. At that time, children’s books were purchased by the wealthy as symbols of good taste and there was a huge market to be captured by a new, imaginative artist. Dulac was the perfect choice. Dulac offered a new sensibility to book illustration by his intense use of color, his Eastern atmosphere, his brightly jeweled patterns, and mystical themes. His work met with instant success and approbation. From 1907 with the publication of his magnificent Arabian Nights until 1914 with the issue of Sinbad the Sailor, he published an annual collection of outstanding watercolors for gift books for children. These books included: The Tempest in 1908, the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam in 1909, Sleeping Beauty in 1910, Stories from Hans Anderson in 1911, Bells and other Poems (Edgar Allan Poe) in 1912, and Princess Badoura in 1913. During the war years, when an understandable shift in publishing took place, he produced Princess Mary’s Gift Book, King Albert’s Books, Edmund Dulac’s Picture Book for the French Red Cross, and in 1916 Edmund Dulac’s Fairy Book. All of his books were highly praised and he became one of the most sought after illustrators in the world. Dulac as a young artist had been deeply inspired by William Morris, Walter Crane and Aubrey Beardsley. He had a spiritual temperament which developed throughout his life and was intensified by his exposure to Eastern mysticism. Much of his art was inspired by Persian miniatures in its use of bright, radiant colors, detailed patterns and asymmetrical compositions. He aimed to take his art out of the realm of representation and into a more subjective, mystical “eternal” plane. He produced some of the most enduring works of beauty and transcendence during his artistic career, and continues to be appreciated and collected to this day. Dulac's illustrations conjure the mysterious atmosphere of the oriental text and transport the reader to a lyrical world of grace and beauty. “The Arabian Nights gave Dulac an opportunity to indulge in his nocturnes; the the softness of the gleam of moonlight on stone, or on shadowy figures, and his use of ultramarine, indigo and Prussian blue, mingled with purples and violets, brought to the illustrations the calm and mystery of Eastern nights.”-Colin White Dulac's illustrations evoked the oriental atmosphere in a new and beautiful way and he treated each picture with a seriousness that brought him great praise, showing that he, like any fine easel painter could accomplish great art, even for use in the book arts. The book sealed his reputation and set him permanently on the long course of success he would enjoy throughout his career. The original painting offered here represents a rare opportunity to own one of the painter’s most accomplished pieces.

      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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      1954. 1. (BROWN,MARCIA)illus. CINDERELLA or the little glass slipper freely translated from Perrault. NY: Scribner (1954 A). 4to (8 1/4 x 10 1/4"), cloth, corner slightly worn else Fine in VG dust wrapper (not price clipped, no award seal, small chips off spine ends). First edition, first printing. CALDECOTT AWARD WINNER. Beautifully illustrated in color by Brown. One of the most difficult to find award winners, THIS COPY IS SIGNED BY BROWN..

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        Live and Let Die

      London: Jonathan Cape Ltd 1954, 1954. First Impression, First Issue, First State. Publisher's black, gilt-embossed cloth-effect paper over boards, in purple dustwrapper. The gilt to the binding has dulled, else very good. The jacket has some chips and tears now expertly restored and shows as a complete copy, with some rubbing/toning to rear panel. No inscriptions and no price-clipping. Shows well, in a gilt-titled suede-lined cloth box by Temple Bookbinders of Oxford. ...Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner (and tool) of Mr. Big - master of fear, artist in crime, and Voodoo Baron of Death. James Bond has no time for superstition - he knows that Big is also a top SMERSH operative and a real threat. More than that, after tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem to the Everglades and on the Caribbean, 007 has realized that Mr. Big is one of the most dangerous men he has ever faced, and nobody,not even the enigmatic Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end. Gilbert A2a (1.1).

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        THE DOLLMAKER. Presentation Copy

      New York: The Macmillan Company, 1954 Presentation Copy of the First Edition Inscribed by Harriette Arnow on the half-title page. "For Kathryn Carow, a wonderful hostess, a southerner who makes you feel at home, Harriette Simpson Arnow". A very good or better copy in 1/4 blue over beige cloth, (recipient's neat address label and tiny written name to the front pastedown, rear endpaper with a taped envelope in which are articles pertaining to Harriette Arnow and the recipient's neat note, 'newspaper articles about H. Arnow'), white titles to the spine in a bright, fresh very good or better pictorial dustwrapper. 8vo. 549 pp. A charming copy of an established classic of American literature seldom found signed.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.

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        Live and Let Die

      London: Jonathan Cape, 1954.. First edition of the second James Bond novel. Octavo, original black cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with light wear to the crown and foot of the spine. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box. The first edition consisted of 7,500 copies. A very attractive copy, scarce in this condition.

      [Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB]
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        Nash Palomino Concept Art

      1954. Mixed media on paper. Signed and dated "Arbib '54". 17 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches. Framed. 25 1/4 x 31 1/4 inches. "A great automotive designer..." (Coachbuilt) 1954 was the year the Hudson and Nash-Kelvinator Corporations merged to form American Motors, with Nash as the predominating partner. The design demonstrates the somewhat prosaic virtues of Nash but also one of the waves of the future: Compact cars. Sturdy and practical, Arbib's "Palomino" rejects both the pretentiousness and the sexiness of much car design of the period. This design, features of which were incorporated into designs of the next 30 years, has a "good American citizen" quality that has always had an audience, though oddly enough it was commandeered by Volkswagen and later Toyota and Honda. Richard Arbib was a tireless industrial designer whose work ranged from watches to yachts, and included many lasting automotive innovations. Born in Gloversville, New York of Egyptian parentage, he attended Pratt. He worked on GM's exhibition at the 1939 World's Fair and then various automotive designers until he set up his own firm in the 1960's, having taken time during World War II to work on bomber design. Scharf, Richard H. Arbib 1917-1995 Visionary American Designer. 2006.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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      Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Co., 1954 Davies, Robertson. LEAVEN OF MALICE. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, 1954. 8vo., 312pp. Publisher's red cloth, gilt titles to spine. An exceptionally nice premium copy in the Clair Stewart illustrated dustwrapper. Seldom seen as such these days. Winner of the 1955 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. The second novel in the amusing Salterton Trilogy, preceded by Tempest-Tost & followed by A Mixture of Frailties. [29814] $675. 1st Edition.

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        L'oncle Locamus ou Caroline chez les bourgeois.

      Grasset 1954 - - Grasset, Paris _1954, 14,5x19cm, broché. - Edition originale, un des 16 exemplaires numérotés sur pur fil, tirage de tête. Bel exemplaire. . La Librairie Le Feu Follet offre aux clients AbeBooks 10% de réduction ainsi que les frais de port vers la France métropolitaine sur l'ensemble de son catalogue. Prix d'origine : 518 EUR. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Voyage pittoresque en Russie suivie d'un voyage en Sibérie Par M.R. Bourdier

      Belin-Leprieur et Morizot,, Paris 1954 - In 4 demi reliure de basane rouge, dos à nerfs orné, tête et tranches dorées, 540 pages, 21 gravures hors-texte dont 8 en couleurs. Rousseurs éparses sinon bel exemplaire. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        L'Homme De Buridan [Dangling Man]

      Paris Libraire Plon, 1954.. First French edition of the author's first book. Octavo. Fine in light beige wrappers as issued. Signed by the author.

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        Lord of the Flies

      Faber and Faber. London. 1954 First edition. DW. SIGNED Presentation copy from the author to Angharad Ryder. Written under the text of the half-title "for Angharad Ryder from William Golding with best wishes." Also loosely inserted is a hand written envelope from Golding with a hand written postcard inside, "Dear Miss Rhyder, Yes "Lord of the Flies" is the alleged translation of Beelzebub. I will sign your Nobel Speech if you send it. Yours sincerely William Golding." Also included are two hand written letters from Golding to Rhyder. "....This is all a bit much! If 'Lord of the Flies' is valuable, I don't want to be responsible for it. I will sign another slip (enclosed). If however you are set on getting the book signed, perhaps Faber & Faber will hold the copy until I can sign it there. I shall be in London for a few days in September. I'm sorry to be so unaccommodating and so bad at spelling! Yours William Golding." and "....Yes you missed my September visit. However as luck would have it providence is on your side and I shall be in London for some of the second week in November. If you w'ld kindly use registered post, send it to me at Faber & Faber to be collected, I will sign it and send it back. Yours sincerely, William Golding." E/ps and outer edges are sl. spotted. Spine is sl. knocked, bds. are sl. faded at extremities. Wrapper is sl. dulled with slight marks to top right corner, sl. foxed and has sl. wear to head of spine. Overall VG+. A rare opportunity to obtain a signed copy of this book with the extra letters and card.

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        Excavations at Sakkara Great Tombs of the First Dynasty II

      London: Egypt Exploration Society, 1954. Excellent book on exploring the tombs of the first Egyptian Dynasty. 171 pages of informative text accompanied by 65 full page plates of some photographs and B/w illustrationsplus many B/w illustrations in the text. Book is very clean and bright with original glassine cover around it, this is a little worn and creased but has protected the book beautifully, previous owners name plate on inside front board. HEAVY BOOK 1-5 Kg with packing EXTRA POSTAGE REQUIRED FOR OVERSEAS. .A really nice copy SEE IMAGE. DETAILED IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.. First Edition. Paper Boards Buckram Spine. Very Good/No Jacket. 12 ¼ x 10 Inches. Hardcover.

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        Zur Quantenmechanik der Stossvorgange; Quantenmechanik der Stossvorgange; Das Adiabatenprinzip in der Quantenmechanik

      Berlin: Julius Springer. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine. FIRST EDITIONS of all three papers developing Max Born's statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. Born's revolutionary work abandoned the notion of causality in quantum mechanics, leading directly to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and prompting Einstein's famous objection that God "does not play dice." Noble Prize to Max Born awarded in 1954 "for his fundamental research in quantum mechanics, especially for the statistical interpretation of the wave function.". "At the end of June 1926, Max Born submitted for publication a paper entitled 'Quantum Mechanics of Collision Phenomena.' He thought he had broken the Gordian knot by finding an interpretation that adjudicated some credit to both contenders [Heisenberg's matrix mechanics and Schrodinger's wave mechanics]. Schrodinger's wave function was indeed unobservable, as Heisenberg maintained, but the magnitude of its square... was observable- it could be related to the probability of finding an electron. However, and this was the key, no absolute determination of an electron's position was possible, only relative probabilities of detecting it in one position or another. "Although Born received the Nobel Prize thirty years later for the paper's contents, Schrodinger and Einstein were no more pleased by this formulation than they had been by Heisenberg's. It abandoned the notion of causality, the cherished link for them between cause and effect. One of Einstein's most famous quotes is contained in a December 1926 letter on the subject to Born. He simply would not accept the notion that a probability measurement of an electron's position was the best one could do: 'Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory produces a good deal but hardly brings us closer to the secrets of the Old One. I am at all events that He does not play dice.'" "By October, Heisenberg realized the potential of Born's probabilistic interpretation... Four months later, Heisenberg wrote a fourteen-page letter to Pauli that contained all the basic elements of what came to be the uncertainty principle, holding that the more precise the measurement of the momentum of a particle, the less precise the measurement of position and vice versa." "Causality had been the basis for the laws of nature for centuries... Born's statistical interpretation of Schrodinger's wave function- an essential element of quantum mechanics- was causailty's death knell." Nancy Thorndike Greenspan, The End of the Certain World: The Life and Science of Max Born. Gino Segrè, Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics. Zur Quantenmechanik der Stossvorgange [Quantum Mechanics of Collision Phenomena]. "Statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. Quantum theory of scattering" (Particle Physics: One Hundred Years of Discoveries); Zur Quantenmechanik der Stossvorgange [Quantum Mechanics of Collision Phenomena]. "Statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. Further development" (Particle Physics: One Hundred Years of Discoveries). Das Adiabatenprinzip in der Quantenmechanik [The Adiabatic Principle in Quantum Mechanics]. "Statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. Further development" (Particle Physics: One Hundred Years of Discoveries). In: Zeitschrift fur Physik, Vol 37 (pp.863ff), Vol 38 (pp.803ff), Vol 40 (pp.167ff). Berlin: Julius Springer, 1926. Octavo, uniformly bound in modern half cloth over marbled boards. Bookplate on front pastedown; institutional stamps of preliminary volume leaves; otherwise fine.

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      Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,. 1954. boards.. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with hint of wear at head of spine. panel and three corner tips and clipped price. A sharp copy of a book. difficult to locate in superior condition. (#142665). First edition. Asimov's human detective and his robot partner solve a murder on a overpopulated future Earth where its human inhabitants live in underground hives, "a hectic, tenuously self-sustaining underworld machine of housing cells, factories, tunnels, and life-support mechanisms so intricate and interdependent that any impediment of its delicate rhythm would send the whole apparatus into fatal shock" (Berger, p. 31). The bureaucratized humans, afraid of the open air and too timid to go to the stars to solve their overpopulation problem, will perish, doomed by the strain on their complex life support systems. Asimov's first robot novel. "A richly characterized, thoughtfully told story; justifiably a favorite among Asimov's readers." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-42. "Asimov's tour de force ..." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 318-21. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 245.

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      [Paris]: (Editions Mondiales), (1954). First Edition. wraps. Typical browning of cheap paper, still Near Fine. First French Edition of Steinbeck's powerful book, made into a film starring James Dean. In original wraps with a printed red dustwrapper. This copy INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page to ----- "with many thanks" and is quite uncommon as such.

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        The Famous Boating Party and Other Poems in Prose - IN AN UNUSUAL 3 DIMENSIONAL, CUSTOM LEATHER BINDING

      New York: A New Directions Book / James Laughlin, 1954. IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. Bound by Rick Tuttle in full metallic blue leather, with a sculpted wood boat attached at the top of the cover, a flowing wake of water behind it, and water endpapers. Half-title, photographic frontis, 64pp. Inner joint starting between frontis and title page, paper thinned with erasure on dedication page. Binding is tight. BEAT POET. Includes signed correspondence from the binder to the previous owner.. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        The Lord of the Rings, First UK Edition, First Impression, with Dustjackets and Clamshell Case

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. First Edition. Original Cloth. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen & Unwin, 1954/54/55 1st UK Edition, 1st impressions. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published July 29th, 1954. One of 1500 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954. One of 2250 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955. This copy is the 1st State, as per Hammon & Anderson, with the signature mark '4' and having the slipped type on page 49. Correspondence with Wayne Hammond has indicated he has revised his original definition of the 1st state, from what was described in the Tolkien Bibliography, making this the later state. All three books are in their correct 1st impression dustjackets, in positively Near Fine condition. Only the lightest of soiling, no chips or loss, and positively no fading. None are price clipped, and show only the lightest of rubbing. No foxing or offsetting on the endpapers, almost unheard of. The boards are clean and bright, without any tarnishing of the gilt, only the lightest of bumps to a few corners. The text block is clean, bright and tight, without any internal foxing or markings. No previous owner's names or writing. Original 1st State Maps in Near Fine condition, no extra folds, no tears, in all three books. A beautiful, collectable set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st UK Edition, 1st impression with the book in Near Fine condition, with no writing and no foxing or offsetting on the free endpapers. There is the faint shadow of an address label removal, to the front free endpaper, virtually invisible. The gilt is untarnished on the spine, faintest of wear to the outer edges of the ring. The boards are very clean and bright, with the slightest shelf wear on the edges, no bumped corners. The dustjacket is unclipped and shows beautifully. Positively no tanning of the spine and only light soiling, with some minor rubbing of the folds. A beautiful, correct 1st Impression 1st State dustjacket, lacking the blurbs on the rear flap. Uncommonly with no fading to the red lettering on the spine. The Two Tower's - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, has the date (1954) on the title page, which would indicate a true 1st imp. Book is in Near Fine condition. No names or writing or offsetting in the book. The boards are very clean and bright, no bumped corners. Shows very little shelf wear on the bottom edges, and no noticeable wear to the spine tips. Gilt is very bright and untarnished, looks new. The dustjacket is not clipped, and has no tanning on the spine, otherwise is only lightly soiled, again with no fading to the red lettering on the spine. Only the most minor rubbing, with no chips or wear to the edges. A lovely copy, in its correct 1st impression dustjacket. The Return of the King - 1st UK Edition, 1st impression, 1st state with the infamous slipped type and signature mark '4' on page 49, as per Hammond and Anderson. Hammonds revised opinion now considers this the later state. No writing or previous owners name. Shows no foxing or offsetting to the free endpapers. The boards are very clean and bright, with a couple of bumped corners, but virtually no shelf wear is evident. Gilt is still bright and untarnished. The dustjacket is not clipped, and shows absolutely no tanning or fading to the spine, only the lightest of soiling from handling. A lovely example of the 1st impression book and correct 1st dustjacket. Near Fine / Near Fine.

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        [The Lord of the Rings trilogy:]

      London: George Allen and Unwin,, 1954–5. The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King. 3 volumes, octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full red morocco, titles and decoration to spines gilt, "Eye of Sauron" to front boards gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a matching leather entry slip case. Each volume has a map illustrated by the Author. A fine set. First editions, first impressions. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable and perceptive reviews from C. S. Lewis and from W. H. Auden, who had attended Tolkien's Oxford lectures, were countered by others who were hostile, sometimes bitterly so. But the trilogy went on to astonishing sales and forged a major change in public literary taste. "Heroic fantasy" has since become one of the most commercially successful literary genres, having a transforming impact upon the entertainment industry, from electronic games to movies.

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        The Lord of the Rings, 1st UK Edition, 1st Impression Set in Custom Fine Bindings

      London: Allen & Unwin, 1954. First Edition. Full-Leather. J.R.R. Tolkien. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The Lord of the Rings, Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by George Allen and Unwin, 1954/54/55 1st UK Edition, all 1st impressions. The Fellowship of the Ring is a 1st impression published July 29th, 1954. One of 1500 printed for the UK. The Two Towers is a 1st impression published November 11th, 1954. One of 2250 printed for the UK. The Return of the King is a 1st impression published October 20th, 1955. This copy is what was originally defined as the 1st State with the signature mark 4 as well as the slipped type on page 49. From correspondence with Wayne Hammond who has revised his original definition of the 1st state, from what was described in the Tolkien Descriptive Bibliography, making this the later or 2nd state. All original maps are present and in Near Fine condition, no tears or extra folds. An extraordinary set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature. The set is fully rebound in Black Morocco Leather with Red Leather inserts with the Title and Author gilt stamped. The individual books feature the Title and Author in Tengwar Script on the front boards, with the JRRT Monogram to the rear boards, single gilt rule to the inside and outside edges. The set is further characterized by custom hand Marbled endpapers, by Joan Ajala of Australia, silk ribbon markers bound in, all edges trimmed and gilded, and is housed in a custom clamshell case designed to mirror the image of the books as well as to protect and show these beautiful books. These are distinguished by compartments, with raised bands, gilt tooling, and gilt ruled edges. Title, Author, Publisher and Date, as well as a 'Ring and Eye' device from the original UK dustjackets are featured in the compartments, and a larger version of the 'Ring & Eye' on the front boards of the case. The case is made to mirror the spines of the books, with the front boards featuring the title 'The Lord of the Rings' and the full author's name 'John Ronald Reuel Tolkien" in Tengwar Script. as well as a 'Ring and Eye' device from Tolkiens original UK dustjacket design. The rear of the case features a gilt stamped design of the 'Ring Poem' also in Tengwar Script. A beautiful design, executed by one of America's premier binders. All are very clean and bright with no foxing to any pages, and with no writing or signatures. Fantastic looking set, with a classic design. No expense spared in creating this finely bound, and highly collectable set of classics. A beautiful set, which incorporates all the artwork as designed by Tolkien himself. A Tolkien Collector's dream set. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / No Jacket.

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      New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company. First Edition. Hardcover. This is the First American Edition of The Lord of the Rings in hardcover with dust jackets, published by Houghton Mifflin and Company in New York in 1954, '55, '56 for the three volume set, respectively. The Fellowship of the RIng, Two Towers, The Return of the Ring. EDITIONS: Volumes 1 and 3 are both First Impressions of the First Editions and Volume 2 is the Second Impression of the First Edition. The same sequence is true for the matching dust jackets ---First - Second - First Impression dust jackets for the three Volume set) . (Impressions = printings) . All the books and jackets match identification points based on Hammond/Anderson and Skull/Frisby. CONDITION: Between the six items being offered for sale (three books, three jackets) , the condition is good to near fine. The book for Volume 3 is in the best condition, but the jacket for Volume 3 has the highest occurrences of wear.. BOOKS: The books have bright, medium blue cloth covers with tight bindings, a touch of thread wear at some corners. None have any marks or writing on the end paper or pages. The pages are crisp and clean. There is a little spotting to the top and bottom edges on the first volume. The blue covers and gilt are the brightest on Volume 3. JACKETS: The jackets appear to be the original jackets issued with the books - all points of identifications show continuity throughout. None of the jackets have been price clipped. There is some edge and corner wear to each, a tiny puncture, some rubbing, one has a little discoloration, another has some crease marks, one has some mending tape in the interior. Separate detail on each book and jacket is available. MAPS: Each volume has a map - all maps are present and attached and in fine condition - they also match the points of identification for each volume. ; 8vo .

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        Les Danses a Bali

      [Paris:] Robert Delpire,, 1954. Octavo. Original white boards, titles to spine in black, pink paper label to upper board. With the dust jacket. Spine rolled, very faint spotting to boards and endpapers as usual. An excellent copy in the dust jacket with a short closed tear to the lower panel and a little fading of the spine panel. First edition, first impression of this volume pairing Cartier-Bresson's photographs of performers in Bali with commentary by director Antonin Artaud, who was profoundly influenced by Balinese theatre, and dancer Béryl de Zoete, author of the standard work Dance and Drama in Bali (1937). A lovely copy.

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        The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (1954); The Two Towers (1954); The Return of the King (1955)

      London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954-55. First Edition. Three octavo volumes; original red cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spines; red topstains; original dustjackets; maps bound into each volume following text. First Impression of each volume; Third State of text in Return of the King, with signature mark and slipped text on p.49. The three volumes nicely preserved, straight and tight with just mild rubbing to board edges, in original unclipped dustwrappers. Fellowship with faint foxing to endpapers and fading to top-stain near spine, jacket unclipped and just slightly faded on spine panel; The Two Towers exhibiting slight mottling to boards, uneven fading to top-stain, jacket with two brief paper-tape reinforcements to verso, darkened and spotted on spine panel with red lettering somewhat faded (but still perfectly legible); Return of the King quite Near Fine, with top-stain bright and unrubbed, in clean, very slightly faded first issue jacket. Together, a quite presentable and unrestored set of Tolkien's much-loved and highly sought-after trilogy.

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        The Lord of the Rings. Being: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King

      London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954, 1954, 1955., 1954. FIRST EDITIONS, First impressions, First Issue with signature '4' and dropped text present to p.49 of The Return. 3 volumes. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spines, red tint to top edges, in original dustwrappers. A used set, showing some general handling, spine leaning etc. Jackets are rubbed, with some chips and tears, and show some soiling to the spine panels. Reverse side of Return jacket with some gummed brown paper, some cloth covers discoloured. An inexpensive set of the trilogy. Hammond & Anderson [A5], listed in Time Magazine; 100 Best Modern Novels. Book Collector No.274, p58-9.

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        The Confidential Clerk. A Play

      London: Faber and Faber Ltd,, 1954. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Cloth rubbed along extremities, some small faint spots, spotting to edges of text block, endpapers, and title pages. A very good copy in the lightly rubbed and spotted jacket with toned spine panel. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Christopher Sykes Esq with the author's respectful compliments, T. S. Eliot, 23.iii.54". Christopher Sykes (1907–1986) was an English writer, the biographer of his friend and fellow Catholic Evelyn Waugh, and also the travelling partner of Robert Byron during the trip later recounted as The Road to Oxiana. A very nice association.

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